Intern-To-Intern 2015: Tristen Ticket

The second in a series. Communications intern Kally Greene-Gudmundson interviews our 2015 summer interns.


Meet Tristen Ticket: Intern in the safety department at NMS for the summer.

What is your Iñupiaq name and who were you named after?

My Inupiaq name is Israliq, I was named after my aapa, Johnny Ticket from Selawik.

Where are you from?

I was born in Anchorage but I was raised in Selawik. I finished high school in Unalakleet where I played volleyball and basketball, my senior year we made it to state!

What are you family ties to NANA?

My whole family is shareholders, lots of shareholders. My parents are both from the NANA region.

Who inspires you most? What is your favorite memory of that person?

My mom inspires me, because of what all she has accomplished and the good advice she always gives me. She worked really hard in school to get her degree and watching her walk across the stage and get her diploma is still my favorite memory of her.

Where are you going to school?

I’m enrolled at the University of Alaska Anchorage for logistics and supply chain operations.  Right now I’m just going to focus on getting my associates. Eventually I’ll earn my masters.

What is your intern position this summer?

I’m interning for the safety department at NMS. My job is scanning the health questionnaire papers and entering them into documents.

What is your first memory of NANA?

At a barbeque that I went to with my aana, Martha Cervantes. It was really fun, there were lots of games and events. I was a little scared of clowns back then though, I was probably nine years old and I don’t know, their faces just scared me.

What goals do you hope to accomplish throughout your internship?

Overall, I hope to gain a great working experience. I want to help my department in the best way I can. I hope I can come back to this job next year. This is a really good opportunity with a lot of great people and lots to learn. 

“NANA will improve the quality of life for our people”

NANA internships give students the opportunity to:

  • Gain valuable applied experience.
  • Promote personal development.
  • Develop interpersonal and professional skills.

For more information visit the shareholder employment & development page.